Monday, December 1, 2008

Stir-Fried Shrimp with Celery


Apart from the cleaning and trimming job, shrimps are easy to cook. Having said that, I love eating shrimps. This dish, Stir-Fried Shrimp with Celery, was done weeks ago, yet I couldn’t manage to translate the recipe until now. We can use any kind of shrimps to stir-fry with any kind of vegetables. Sounds flexible! Yeah, Chinese stir-fry dish is very flexible. It’s all up to your choices and favorites. This time I used tiger prawns. (Here in Australia, we commonly use “prawns” instead of “shrimps”.)

Stir-Fried Shrimp with Celery

Ingredients:
  • 3 stalks celery, about 150 gm
  • 190 gm shrimp (prawn, fresh or frozen), medium size
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Shaoxing wine
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted chicken broth
  • 20 roasted cashews, unsalted
  • 2 tsp egg white, lightly beaten
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste (for marinating shrimp)
  • salt and cornflour (for rinsing shrimp)

Roasted Cashews

Thickening:
  • 1 tsp light soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp corn flour
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • white pepper, to taste
  • a dash of sesame oil
Fried Shrimps

Method:
  1. Defrost the shrimp if frozen and peel the shell. Devein the shrimp. Mix shrimp with a bit of salt and cornflour, and leave for a few minutes. Rinse thoroughly with cold running water. Drain well and Pat dry the shrimp with paper towels. Marinate the shrimp with a bit of salt, white pepper, egg white and corn flour for 20 minutes.
  2. Rinse celery and cut into strips. Set aside.
  3. Add cooking oil to wok, sauté shrimp on medium heat until 80% cooked. Dish up and set aside.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to sauté minced garlic. When you smell the aroma of the garlic, add celery. Sprinkle with wine and a pinch of salt. Quickly stir well. Add chicken stock to cook for a while, uncovered. Toss shrimps back to wok and cook, add thickening. When sauce begins to dry up, add roasted cashews. Dish up and serve on a platter. Enjoy!
Tip:

You can get ready-made roasted cashews at supermarkets or do it by yourself. Bake raw cashews for about 10 minutes or until lightly brown in a preheated oven at 180C.

6 comments :

  1. Wow this looks great! I'll have to give it a try soon :D

    I was really happy when I recently found your blog. I love how your recipes appear so simple but taste so good and homey. You remind me a lot of my mom who loved cooking for me when I was a child. Whenever I visit home I always bring a list of her dishes that I miss the most.

    Thank you for posting these recipes online along with the helpful pictures. I really appreciate it!

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  2. To Vicky:
    Thanks for your kind words.
    I'm very happy to know that you love my home cooking style.
    Your mom must have been very happy to have you enjoying her cooking.
    I'll keep posting some of my favorite recipes here. Welcome you to come back for more.

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  3. Hi Christine, im a fan of your blog and had experimented a few recipes which my family really love! Thank you for sharing!

    I noticed you used chicken broth quite often in the recipes posted...may i ask if the chicken broth are home made? If yes, which part of chicken should i buy to boil the chicken broth to be used for cooking dishes? I have been using the prepacked chic stock from supermkt...

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  4. To Lilacz,
    To cook chicken stock, use the whole chicken to cook with veggies. You can remove the meat for later use.
    Very often, I use Campbell's chicken stock or Swanson broth for quick fix.

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  5. Christine... how come you need to leave the shrimp in cornflour, then rinse, then cornflour again??

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  6. To Ronald,
    To make the texture of the shrimp meat become smoother and more springy by doing so.

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